What is a syllable?

  • A syllable is the sound of a vowel (A, E, I, O, U) that is created when pronouncing the letters A, E, I, O, U, or Y.
  • The letter "Y" is a vowel only if it creates an A, E, I, O, or U sound.
    • examples:  fry, try, cry, & dry
  • The number of times that you hear the sound of a vowel is the number of syllables in a word.
  • When two (or more) vowels are next to each other, the number of syllables depends on the number of vowel sounds.
    • examplesfree (1 syllable), eat (1 syllable), & bio (2 syllables)
  • If a vowel is silent, it is not counted as a syllable.
    • examplefire (1 syllable)
  • Does the word end with "le" or "les?" This is a syllable if the letter before the "le" is a consonant.
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Fun Fact
LOL became an official word
in the dictionary in 2011.

Syllable Examples

Free
Eat
Eating
Bio
Fire
Cake
Cheese
Chicken
Checked
Batted
Worrying
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